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New court date set for convicted drunk driver

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A new court date has been set for a woman who was arrested less than a month ago, violating her probation after being convicted of killing two men.

Rebecca Johnson's attorney appeared in court on her behalf Thursday morning pleading not guilty to charges of intoxication, drug paraphernalia and possession of synthetic marijuana.

In 2006, police said Johnson was speeding and drunk when she crashed her car into a railroad gate at Chamberlain Lane and LaGrange Road killing her passengers, fellow classmates Justin Cantrell and Ben McIntosh.

Cantrell-Williams, Justin's mother, told WAVE 3 News, "A mother should never have to bury a child, it's just awful!"

In a plea deal, Johnson's murder charges were amended to manslaughter.

On July 27, 2007 Johnson was sentenced. She was told to stay clean and out of trouble on supervised probation for five years and she wouldn't have to serve a day of her 10 year sentence.

Just six months short of that deadline, the now 26-year-old was arrested.

Kinman said on January 16, they got a call about a problem near the ABC Liquor Store in Prestonville.

The caller complained there were two people that had been sitting in a car for a while outside the liquor store and they seemed highly intoxicated.

The sheriff told us, when he and a deputy got there, that was the case. "She did become belligerent and was helped to the cruiser by the deputy," Kinman said of Johnson.

Johnson who was in the passenger seat was charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and synthetic marijuana. The sheriff says he didn't know Johnson was on probation so she got out of jail the next day.

Prosecutors tell WAVE 3 News any violation could compromise Johnson's freedom.

Cantrell-Williams said of Johnson's probation, "She came that close and couldn't go a few more months after killing two people?" she continued, "I pray that something will be done to where she can be incarcerated and she can be off the road because my goal will be to save someone else's life."

We were not able to reach Johnson's new attorney for comment.

A spokesman with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Jefferson County tells WAVE 3, if found guilty on the recent charge, Johnson could face full supervision or they could make a motion to revoke her probation.

Johnson's court is set for March 1.

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